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A ‘Very Jewish’ Jesus: Perpetuating the Myth of Superiority

A ‘Very Jewish’ Jesus: Perpetuating the Myth of Superiority This article looks at arguably the most dominant rhetorical move in contemporary historical Jesus scholarship, namely the ‘Jewishness’ of Jesus or a ‘very Jewish’ Jesus, and how this superficially but credibly positive rhetoric subtly maintains the older myth of superiority over against Judaism. This scholarly trend is located in contemporary ideological discourses concerning Israel and Judaism and liberal multiculturalism and is shown to be deeply embedded in scholarly historical practice. Some consideration is also given to the ideological locations of the ‘Judean’ and ‘Jesus the Israelite’ debate. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus Brill

A ‘Very Jewish’ Jesus: Perpetuating the Myth of Superiority

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Brill
Copyright
© 2013 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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Articles
ISSN
1476-8690
eISSN
1745-5197
DOI
10.1163/17455197-01102002
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Abstract

This article looks at arguably the most dominant rhetorical move in contemporary historical Jesus scholarship, namely the ‘Jewishness’ of Jesus or a ‘very Jewish’ Jesus, and how this superficially but credibly positive rhetoric subtly maintains the older myth of superiority over against Judaism. This scholarly trend is located in contemporary ideological discourses concerning Israel and Judaism and liberal multiculturalism and is shown to be deeply embedded in scholarly historical practice. Some consideration is also given to the ideological locations of the ‘Judean’ and ‘Jesus the Israelite’ debate.

Journal

Journal for the Study of the Historical JesusBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2013

Keywords: Historiography; ideology; ‘Jewishness’ of Jesus; multiculturalism; quest for the historical Jesus

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